Semien has just two hits in his last 16 at-bats to lower his batting average from .250 to .216. He has also fanned 16 times in 56 at-bats, but has shown a bit of the power that marked his minor league career with two doubles and two home runs.
Tabata was 0 for 2 before leaving the game. He was replaced in left field by Starling Marte.
Now that the
However, Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow did his best Wednesday to avoid putting a timetable on Singleton's arrival to the majors.
"We’re happy that Singleton is off to a good start," Luhnow said, per MLB.com. "He does not have the Triple-A track record that Springer has yet. We feel he needs to develop that track record. We’re always going to be in a position where our fans want our top prospects to come up here sooner than we think they’re ready to come up here. Last year, it happened to [Jarred] Cosart. We did bring Cosart up at the right time and when he came up he contributed and helped us win ballgames. He still is showing that deserves to be at this level and is ready to help us win."
The 30-year-old Mathis has not pitched in a major league game since 2010.
After a promising spring,
"I see him in [batting practice], he still looks good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "But somewhere along the line, you need to have that feeling and get some hits and feel confident, and then hopefully that carries you for a long spell. There’s a lot of platoon systems that work really well. The guy who’s the right-handed hitter, he’s the one who’s got the games where you might not play for two weeks."
The challenge for Roenicke remains figuring out how to get Weeks going offensively.
"It may be difficult," Roenicke said. "We’re trying to win as many games as we can win, and I have to figure out who are the best guys to put out there that day. It’s difficult on some of them. It’s no different than a guy who is playing every single day [in the minor leagues], he comes to the big leagues and now he’s a bench player. It’s the same thing."
Matsuzaka will work out of the team's bullpen, but he could be a backup option in case Jenrry Mejia (finger) misses his next start.
The rare rainout in Oakland on April 4 has been rescheduled as part of a May 7 doubleheader between the